Author Archives: Mary Marvin

Column: Kensington show finally on the road

After almost three decades of false starts, the trustees and I are so pleased to announce the resurrection of the Kensington Road project. At our December Board of Trustees meeting, we selected Fareri Associates of Greenwich, Conn., to develop the project that was originally approved in 2007. The trustees and I and the ad hoc […]

Column: Breaking down the village budget

At the Board of Trustees December meeting, our village auditors from the firm of O’Connor Davies presented their review of our financial statements for the budget year June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013. I am pleased to report we are in the best financial shape in recent history. The village received an unqualified opinion, […]

Column: Let’s talk about the wonder of trees

This past fall, the village planted more than 20 street trees—including red maples, lindens and pears—but, given that we lost more than 100 during the past two years of storms, we are clearly playing catch-up. Unfortunately, this number does not even take into account the many lost on private property due to storms or disease […]

Column: What did you just vote for?

As you read this, you may have just colored in your paper ballot circles for election for various county, town and judicial offices, as well as a record six New York State Constitutional Amendments. As a caution, the Amendme­nts were on the flip side of the absentee ballot and very easy to miss. As point […]

Column: Unfunded mandates: Enough is enough

I have been asked to join a panel of New York State mayors to set the state legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session for our parent organization, the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials. Though, at times, I have felt it an exercise in futility of late due to inaction on […]

Column: What you need to know about STAR

All New York State homeowners receiving the basic STAR tax exemption must now register with the New York State Department of Taxation in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and going forward. Every current recipient will receive registration instructions by mail with a registration deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. Senior citizens receiving enhanced […]